The Network for Better Futures
Established in 2007, The Network for Better Futures DBA Better Futures Minnesota is a non-profit social enterprise dedicated to reintegrating high-risk adults, primarily African American men, into society by providing a platform to help them succeed. Our agency works with men with histories of incarceration, substance abuse, chronic unemployment, and homelessness —men who have a high risk of being repeat offenders. A core part of its program is its social enterprise, which provides on-the-job training in deconstruction, warehouse safety, appliance recycling, janitorial services, and snow and lawn care equipment training and maintenance. Materials salvaged through its deconstruction work are sold in its ReUse Warehouse, diverting about 700 tons of building materials a year from area landfills and providing revenue to help support the nonprofit’s outreach and supportive services.
Creating Personal Success Stores.
Through trauma-informed integrated care, we seek to help men transform their lives and build a better future for themselves, their family, and their community.
Better Futures Minnesota serves men who are often marginalized from society and typically cycle through costly public institutions as a result. They have histories of repeat incarceration, mental illness, homelessness, substance abuse, and have often experienced trauma unimaginable to most Americans. Moving from an institutional, chaotic life to a stable and healthy one is not a linear or predictable process.
We believe change is a collaborative exercise. It takes a coordinated team working together to rebuild a life. Through trauma-informed integrated care, we can help men achieve self-sufficiency and walk a path to success.
Nurturing relationships and families.
Supporting our Mission
At Better Futures, we believe the Four Fundamentals are necessary components for building a healthy life: workforce training and development with good jobs; health and wellness engagement, and life skills/family coaching and mentorship. Our integrated-care model gives men access to these core needs on Day 1.
We also believe that healthy communities start with healthy supports and healthy, engaged families.
Shopping at ReUse Warehouse
Looking to save money on your home-improvement project? Learn About ReUse Warehouse
Our ReUse Warehouse Store in South Minneapolis carries salvaged building materials such as flooring, tile, lumber, cabinetry, appliances, lighting, tubs, door, windows and more—everything you need to complete your project at a fraction of retail cost.
Tax Deductible Donations.
When you donate materials to Better Futures, you help support the men we serve, the community, and the environment. Lean about Donating Material
Our ReUse Warehouse Store is open for Donations on Monday through Friday 9am—3pm, and Saturday 9am—2pm. Donations are tax deductible.
"Jobs that support people and the environment."
Through our partners and community support, we are working to address a public health issue rooted in core traumas.